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The first known photograph of someone flipping off a camera in history. None other than legendary baseball pitcher and general rounder, Old Hoss Radbourn, Opening Day, 1886.

@oldhossradbourn could not be reached for comment at this time.

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  • Why am I not shocked that it was a baseball player?

    • Vance Maverick

      @OldHoss himself has commented, wearily.

      • His weariness could have just been a bit too much laudnaum tonight.

        • rea

          He had a 60-12 year. Of cocurse he was weary.

    • Uncle Ebeneezer

      And fittingly, from Boston!

      • rea

        Boston NL, though–not a Red Sox, but a proto-Brave

  • sparks

    In the canonically correct upward position, too! I am assuming this wasn’t photoshopped.

    They seem to be somewhat rare in early cinema. I’ve seen few.

  • Vance Maverick

    This is great. Strangely, when I google “old hoss radbourn”, the first result is

    42 (1854-1897)
    Charles Radbourn, Age at death

    “elvis presley” doesn’t do the same.

    • UserGoogol

      No, but “old Elvis Presley” does. It looks like the phrasing “old ” automatically looks up the age (or age at death) of people.

      Also, I guess that means Old Hoss didn’t live to be especially old. Apparently he died of syphilis.

      • UserGoogol

        This software eats angle brackets, I meant “old [name of person]”

        • Vance Maverick

          Good detective work, o aptly-named fellow commenter. “Young John Keats” doesn’t work the same.

        • NonyNony

          You can also use “[name of person] age”. Works for living people too.

  • prufrock

    That pic is in the companion book to Ken Burn’s Baseball. No Photoshop.

    • sparks

      I assumed so, but nowadays where they even have how-to You Tube videos of things which are physically impossible to do, one can’t be too careful.

  • Leeds man

    Boston Beaneaters. You’d think a sport like baseball would eschew the obvious, and embrace whimsy. Boston Banshees would at least combine both.

    • rea

      And somehow, “Atlanta Beaneaters” just doesn’t cut it–they’d rather call themselves the “Racist Logos” or some such name nowdays . . .

    • BigHank53

      I know I posted this before, but it was down at the bottom of one of the Wayne LaPierre threads.

      History/baseball mash-up t-shirts.

      I’ve no connection; it just seems like this is pretty much their target audience.

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